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The Diary of a Nobody


Published April 22, 2006


Librivox recording of The Diary of a Nobody by George & Weedon Grossmith.

Read by Martin Clifton

The Diary of a Nobody is the fictitious record of fifteen months in the life of Charles Pooter, his family, friends and small circle of acquaintances. It first appeared, serialised in Punch magazine and might be regarded as the first "blog"; being a record of the simplicities and humiliations in the life of this mundane, but upright, city clerk, who had an incontestable faith that a record of his daily life was worth preserving for posterity.

Set in about 1891 in Holloway, which was then a typical suburb of the impecuniously respectable kind, the authors contrive a record of the manners, customs and experiences of the late Victorian era. The bare record of facts, simply recorded, manages to be humorous rather than dull, no doubt because of the usual occupations of the authors.

George Grossmith (1847-1912) was an actor and comedian.
Weedon Grossmith (1852-1919) was an entertainer and illustrated the original work.
(Summary by Martin Clifton)

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Date 2006-04-22
Source Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Run time 4:21.52


Reviews

Reviewer: lanternland - - September 25, 2013
Subject: Just great!
Like the chaps below I've listened to it twice so far and will do so again. One of my foremost favorites, and the reader is just perfect.
Reviewer: GonzoRanch - - March 6, 2013
Subject: Nah...
I didn't like it much, largely a downer. I suppose it's ok if you've got nothing else much to listen to. Just go straight to "Dere Mabel", or... "Dere [something]". That'll make you laugh.
Reviewer: werewolf9 - - August 28, 2011
Subject: One of my favorite Libravox readings
I've already listened to this three times. I love it.
Reviewer: Kunchok - - March 13, 2009
Subject: Tone just right
I've read the book several times and saw last year's BBC adaptation.

Martin Clifton's "flat" style is perfect here. He lets the character of Pooter come out through the words without attempting to exaggerate for comic effect. Some listeners might prefer a more bouncy delivery but I think that would be out of character for Pooter's character ;-)

Very enjoyable.
Reviewer: Philippe Horak - - November 3, 2007
Subject: A lovely recording
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to George and Weedon Grossmith’s “The Diary of a Nobody” beautifully read by Martin Clifton. Actually I like reading the novel while listening to the recording and naturally my edition features Weedon Grossmith's interesting and funny illustrations.
Altogether a lovely recording recommended to all lovers of literature.
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